CRJ Paper 2.docx - Paper 2 – First Step Act of 2018 The Formerly Incarcerated Reenter Society Transformed Safely Transitioning Every Person Act or the

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Paper 2 – 4/8/19 First Step Act of 2018 The Formerly Incarcerated Reenter Society Transformed Safely Transitioning Every Person Act, or the First Step Act, for short, is a prison reform bill that passed the right at the end of the previous 115 th congress, and signed into law by President Trump. The goal was to reduce recidivism amongst convicted criminals, and reduce the number of people incarcerated in the United States for unnecessary reasons and/or an excessive amount of time. The bill seeks to make the process more forgiving, with more opportunities for prisoners to prove themselves worthy of getting their sentences reduced. It touches on the topics of “good time credits” while you are in prison, prerelease custody, classes, compassionate release, the Bureau of Prisons, and more. It was signed on the idea that America is in the middle of a mass incarceration epidemic, and seeks to re-evaluate how America decides who goes to prison, for how long, and why. The BOP is also getting $250 million over 5 years for development and expansion of programming that allows prisoners to come out of prison with skills, education and other kinds of training to be ready to enter the work force. Too many people leave prison and the only kind of jobs they are qualified to get are minimum wage jobs that are not enough to get by on their own, if they even chose to hire them with a criminal record. These classes from the First Step act will set up individuals for success and an easy transition back into the world. There are major incentives for participating in programs while in prison too. With 30 days of successful
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